PB Subcommittee 9-29-11 Print E-mail



SEPTEMBER 29, 2011


195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building


Mr. Karkowsky - present

Ms. Nielson - present                           

Mr. Lipari - present                              

Mr. Visco - present


Township staff:  Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner - present


There was no old business before the board.



PSPP/FC11-09 JBT Realty Trust – 339 Changebridge Rd. – B: 160, L :25.1 – amended site plan

Appearing for the applicant: Steve Schepis, Esq. 

The subcommittee discussed the site plan as submitted to the Planning Board.  The application was deemed incomplete. Proposal is for new monument sign and outdoor storage in I-2 zone. 

The members had a concern regarding the lack of information on the plans, including floor plan, uses in the building and outdoor storage.  They also had concern about the appearance of the outdoor storage on the adjacent property.  This is owned by someone other than Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Karkowsky requested itemization of uses on property. Mr. Schepis indicates that he manufactures F-14 for the US Government, but has since lost a contract and has laid off all employees.  Mr. Johnson currently operates a machine shop. 

Ms. Nielson opined that a retaining wall is required due to the contour lines indicated on the site plan.  Mr. Schepis said he recalled the ground is flat for about twenty feet and then the property drops off.  He indicated that he will look into the accuracy of the topography.

Mr. Lipari indicated that the subcommittee would prefer an externally illuminated sign versus an internally illuminated sign as proposed. 

Ms. Nielson asked about access to the butler-style building given the existing landscaping that would be in front of the structure and change in elevation.  Mr. Schepis indicated that the only access would be from the side of the building.  The members wanted this further evaluated.

Mr. Visco expressed concerns about the storage due to the decline of the business.  Mr. Karkowsky indicates that the F-14s in operation may still require parts. 

Ms. Hunscher asked Mr. Schepis if he was clear on the additional items that the subcommittee was looking for.  This includes a floor plan, more detailed site plan including access to the storage shed, and the zoning chart. 

PMISC11-39 RTI Electronics – 33 Jacksonville Rd. Blg 1 – B: 41, L: 43.1 – office (2,500 s.f.)/warehouse (2,432 s.f.) support and sales of test equipment/meters used to measure radiation – 10 employees – hours of operation 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri – no outdoor storage of vehicles – tenant name on existing sign - (Tri Cor)

Unanimously approved without conditions.

PMISC11-4 Gibraltar Labs - 57 Route 46, B:183, L: 2; I-IA zone; 1.94 acres; 91 parking spaces - Quality control and research laboratories/office - 50 employees, 1-2 shifts; hours of operation 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday; no overnight parking of vehicles; tenant name on monument sign (First Industrial)

Appearing for applications:  Mr. Glenn Buie, representative of First Industrial, and Mr. Daniel Prince, President of Gibraltar Laboratories and prospective purchaser

Mr. Buie indicated that this building has been vacant for about a year.  Mr. Prince indicated that it is 24,000 SF.  He is a resident of Montville and is second generation President of the company.  The business provides independent consumer product testing to ensure safety per FDA standards.  Mr. Prince has 55 employees and growing every year.  There are 91 parking spaces, which is more than adequate.   A sign within code is proposed.  A back-up generator is proposed along the side of the building. 

Unanimously approved without conditions.  A separate signage permit is required. 


There being no further business to discuss, the subcommittee meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Meghan Hunscher, Sec.

Certified true copy of minutes adopted at Planning Board meeting of October 27, 2011.


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